Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in September

The Zero Theorem
RELEASE DATE: September 19 (available now on demand)
DIRECTOR: Terry Gilliam
CAST: Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, David Thewlis, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon

Those who were waiting for the Gilliam of Doctor Parnassus and The Brothers Grimm to return to form will be relived to hear that his latest is almost bull-headed in that pursuit, from the Brazil-style mish-mashing of old and new technology to the busy, whirring style to the Python-esque humor to a bald dome for Christoph Waltz that recalls Bruce Willis in 12 Monkeys. But this is not mere self-homage; Zero Theorem is an inventive, intelligent, and occasionally exhausting examination of technology, paranoia, and emotional stasis. It doesn’t all hold together, but enough does to prompt real celebration of one of our last remaining cinematic visionaries.